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McHenry Chiropractic and Back Pain Relief Expectations via Surgical or Conservative Care

What expectations do you have of your chiropractic care of McHenry back pain? That is a pivotal question. Research is reporting that that questions of expectations plays a role in back pain treatment outcome be the treatment surgical or conservative. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic aspires to hear your expectations of our McHenry back pain treatment and share the outcomes of our treatment documented in practice and in research.


A new research project studied patient and surgeon expectations of back surgery. Patients expected complete relief and improvement of their back pain after lumbar spine surgery. Surgeons expected improvement that ranged from a little to a lot depending on the patient and his/her specific condition. Can you guess whose expectations were met? The surgeons’ expectations. Two years after the back surgery, the patient-reported outcomes met the surgeon’s expectations. The researchers stressed that effective communication about expectations may well further better outcomes. (1) That’s why OrthoIllinois Chiropractic devotes time to each McHenry back pain patient at the beginning of care, ensuring that the source of pain and its treatment plan are well-described. If not, tell us!


If a patient does not get the relief he/she wanted from back surgery, what is an “acceptable symptom state” for that back pain patient? What can he/she live with? For patients with chronic non-specific low back pain (with or without active discopathy), 54% reported having an acceptable symptom state at 1 month of care. Specifically, patient-reported acceptable symptoms involved these: 47.5 for lumbar pain, 30.5 for radicular pain, 39.3 for disability, 10.0 for anxiety, and 6.7 for depression. (2) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic realizes no pain is the preferred state and is prepared to discuss with our McHenry chiropractic patients their options and potential outcomes.


Deciding whether to have back surgery is a big decision. Evidence-based medicine sees that the patient at the center of care. What is the patient perspective of this care? How is the patient perspective taken into consideration in treatment planning and decision making among available options? A recent paper pointed out that the patient’s social, psychological, and other non-clinical characteristics must be considered in planning care. (3) One factor in the back-surgery decision that reportedly influences the decision and the outcome expectation is opioid use. Lower dose and shorter-time-taking opioid use patients expected more complete improvement opposed to non-users. They also had higher expectations of positive outcome than higher-dose opioid patients. (4) For a lot of patients, the prospect of work is goal of back pain treatment which is positive according to a new report on how back pain patient recovery expectations affect clinical outcomes. A review of 60 studies found that a patient’s recovery expectations are probably strongly associated with future work participation. (5) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic offers effective, nonsurgical treatment of back pain to meet patient expectations once the research on outcomes for other back pain sufferers is described and understood. McHenry chiropractic care keeps the back pain patient at its center.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Anthony Galante on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he described how Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management and chiropractic treatment assisted in the management of back pain for a patient who was adamant about not wanting back surgery.

Set your next McHenry chiropractic visit soon. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic invites you to ponder and answer the question of your expectations for our treatment so that we can both be happy with the outcome!

OrthoIllinois Chiropractic strives to meet realistic patient expectations when it comes to conservative back pain relief. 
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